While Federer is through to the third round here for the 15th time, Lajovic has never gone that far in his four appearances at the All England Club.
The former champions both advanced to the third round Thursday, two days after their opening matches ended early when their opponents retired with an injury.
It was on Court 1 a year ago that Djokovic slumped to defeat by Sam Querrey, beginning the dramatic form crash in a player who'd seemed invincible.
The short workdays for the two were quite similar. That was the first time the second-seeded Serb had lost at a major tournament in more than a year after his run of winning all four major tournaments in succession.
The monopoly will break one day - and Canada's Milos Raonic, last year's unbeaten finalist, is right up there among the men most likely to do it. "He's had to pull out of a lot of matches", Federer said.
But the way the afternoon went meant Centre Court spectators who paid 56 pounds (more than $70) per ticket, some of them waiting in line for hours, got only brief glimpses of seven-time champion Federer or three-time champion Djokovic.
"It's flawless", said the former No. 1. "I was feeling nerves for some reason". "It's unfortunate that it happened".
And if he maintains the level he found for the majority of the match, it will be tough to deny him an eighth crown.
There is a rule on the main ATP Tour, but not at the Slams, that an injured player can give up his place to a "lucky loser" from qualifying while keeping the prize money. I really don't take it in a negative way anyhow. I had enough match play in Eastbourne.
The fine amounts to a third of Tomic's prize money: First-round losers this year earn 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).
"Unless you're (in the) top 10.it's significant money", said Dolgopolov, who is ranked 84th.
"I don't know where was the basis or if he was just maybe making a comparison", Djokovic said. His play, still razor-sharp and returns rapier-like in patches, can go on the blink on a whim. The question is: Did they truly believe they were going to finish?
"The favourites coming in I think were pretty clear based on recent form but I'm anxious about tomorrow", Agassi added, looking to Djokovic's third-round tie against Ernests Gulbis on Saturday.
'I just don't like when somebody comes to the stands with intention to just provoke and intentionally cheer against and just say certain things that are not right when you're close picking up the towel, ' Djokovic said. "I'm already enjoying the process very much, especially in the last couple of months even though results haven't been up to the standard that I've had in the last seven-eight years", the second-seed said.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic continues his strong form atWimbledon.
Pavlasek saved three break points in a lengthy eight-minute game and he held onto his serve by coming out on top in a long rally, producing a sweet backhand victor down the line, still a break down at 3-2.